It Has to Start Sometime

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New beginnings are always a great time! I am constantly in awe of the resoluteness one needs for the closing of the door behind to walk slowly but assuredly away from one’s comfort. And then how soon it can be followed by the exhilaration and anticipation of new worlds to be found in the opening of the doors ahead.

This is where I find myself. Wanting… Maybe even needing… to enter a new unexplored world. Yet I still enjoy and find fulfillment and rest in the world in which I presently reside.

Living simultaneously in two worlds… It can’t last forever… But while it does, I will enjoy the ride.

To the Conqueror Go the Spoils

March 20th… The First Day of Spring


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So many flowers have already blessed us with the colors of spring.

But, of course, with every blessing, comes the interlopers.


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My gravel driveway has grown hair.


It seems to do this at regular intervals every year.

But this year, three seems to be an incredible vengeance to its presence!

I do not want to admit defeat and nuke the world… but I am running out of ideas.

I WANT TO BE THE CONQUEROR this year! HELP!!!!



Written for The Daily Post: ConquerI have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

The Founding Fathers of Rock-n-Roll

 

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Every massive, passionate movement has it Founding Fathers… and this is true of Rock-n-Roll. To argue which of these amazing musicians should be considered the best, I believe, is a disservice to all of them.

If any one of them would be removed from the birth of Rock-n-Roll, it would be a travesty.


Let the quarreling cease:

The Five Founding Fathers of Rock-n-Roll

Chuck Berry

Elvis Presley

Buddy Holly

Bill Haley and His Comets

Little Richard



Today, we lost the last of the living legends.

To honor Chuck Berry and his Co-Founders of Rock-n-Roll, sit back and enjoy a few of my favorites.


Chuck Berry with Roll over Beethoven



Elvis Presley with Heartbreak Hotel 



Buddy Holly with That’ll Be the Day



Buddy Holly with Peggy Sue



Bill Haley and His Comets with Rock Around the Clock 



Little Richard with Tutti Frutti 

 



Written for The Daily Post: Controversy  I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

The “Power” of Luck

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“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

Being a novice- even though I am approaching my three-year anniversary in blogging- I believe that there is so much I have yet to learn.

It seems many of the most important things I have learned about blogging have happened by accident. I sense something and then try it. Suddenly my likes and comments light-up that others found it to be fascinating as well.

How much of being a success is perhaps mere luck?

The moments I tend to remember the most seem to have been grounded in happenstance.

But when I take a pause, I soon realize that the mere happenchance of that moment was birthed because of many attempts at success and monumental flops of successes. (I do not believe in the word failure.)

I think I am a firm believer in the line of Mr. Jefferson… “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”



Written for The Daily Post: Luck.  I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.  

A Noble, Necessary Occupation

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The bell rang.

Each student stepped to designations.

“Begin. Page 17. Future Career Possibilities. ”

Never a “Good Morning” or a “Nice to see you.”

“All life was castrated.” Dad whispered that once… as we lay in bed awaiting the proper sleep.

At night, alone… Oh, the stories. Of giants and beanstalks. Of trolls and elves. Once Dad drew on our sheets. “Daisy,” he said.

No more. Not since little Sarah passed. That night, dad hummed. Music.

It made me cry.

“Alfred. Are you with us?”

“Yes, Sir.” I stood at my desk. Alert.

“Erasers. A noble, necessary occupation.”



Written for Carrot Ranch Communications: Flash Fiction Challenge.   Requirements: March 16, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) go down the rabbit hole to a place where art is not allowed. It could be a small story or a dystopian vision. Is there a power struggle over art? Would the general public miss it? Is the end of art a natural evolution? Go where the prompt leads.

If “Massive” Means “Never-Ending”?

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What an appropriate word for what is facing me on a Thursday!

Thursdays are my complete-your-ugly-chore-list-day so that I can have the weekend for the things that I like to do.

Each room needs to be somewhat presentable by bedtime on Thursdays.

If this happens, I find myself having the time-of-my-life on most weekends.

Sure… There are still things that have to happen to maintain a balance in life. Places I have to go that just aren’t open for after-school visits or things that are just too time-involved to complete on a task-filled evening’s schedule.

But, if on Thursday evening, I am happy with my home-upkeep… there are so many other options that I can allow for an action-packed Saturday and Sunday.

No Chore Weekends

  • So much more time for writing without guilt
  • A day-cation to a local historical site
  • A 5K walk on a untested mountain trail
  • An entire evening for a meal and a movie
  • A foursome game-night of Phase 10 or Risk
  • A night at the theater for a play
  • Two free days to play in the garden

One would think that since I enjoy my free weekends to-the-hilt that it would be easy to coerce myself into completing my need-to-do chores.

But some people are sooooo stubborn!



Written for The Daily Post: Massive. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.  

5K in Three Days

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5K in Three Days



What a time for Mother Nature to lose her cool… or keep her cool.

For the previous two weeks, walking has been awesome. Fifty-seven degrees (plus) and all is well. Spring seemed to have decided to appear almost a month early.

But, NO!

For the last week, the temperature has been at freezing or below. And this last weekend… TEN INCHES of snow!

Reasons to Do a 5K when the Temperature Is in the Thirties:

  • Yes, I want to continue walking.
  • Yes, it would be a great way to meet new people now that the nest is empty.
  • Yes, I know it is good for my health.
  • Yes, I do sleep great each night after two or miles are logged.
  • Yes, I know it is a great way to relieve stress.
  • Yes, being one with nature is a plus!

More Sane Reasons:

  • Yes, I want to continue walking. I have a true desire to walk. I have nothing to prove by freezing off my behind.
  • Yes, it would be a great way to meet new people now that the nest is empty. Personally, I prefer an empty nest with a fireplace!
  • Yes, I know it is good for my health. Catching pneumonia is not healthy.
  • Yes, I do sleep great each night after two or miles are logged. I would need several quilts to warm my frozen old bones.
  • Yes, I know it is a great way to relieve stress. Should I shake from stress or shake from a low-core body temperature…DuH!
  • Yes, being one with nature is a plus! Winter looks better on a Christmas card!

What I Plan to Do: Follow My Instincts! 

The temperature is supposed to return to more humane conditions by noon on Saturday. I think that I will sign-in for my packet… Give thanks to the brave sponsors… And walk my 5K after the sun warms the world.

Yes, my instincts tell me that this sounds like a grand plan!



Written for The Daily Post: InstinctI have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.  

Immerse Yourself in the Past

One of my extracurricular loves, aside from teaching, is my love of archaeology.

At this moment in time, these are my three favorite places to dig deep and delve for nibbits of information so that I can understand the beginnings of another’s life and culture:

The Igbo People at the 1700 West African Farm at the Frontier Culture Museum. This is a living-history exhibit. The guides are VERY knowledgeable and always have answers for my questions or they can refer me to the sources to find each answer.

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The 1700 Ganatastwi Eastern Woodland Indians of the Blue Ridge Mountains.This living history exhibit is also at the Frontier Culture Museum.

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Monticello: The Paradoxes of Liberty

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When I have a Saturday/ Sunday free, you will find me preparing my new research questions, packing a day-lunch for a hike, and driving to one of these places.

To immerse myself for four or five hours in the culture and times of another people is both intriguing and inspiring.



Written for The Daily Post: ImmerseI have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.